Last year French performer Shiler Pierrimas, who’s known widely for his unique blend of dance, stunt and acrobatics, made an unforgettable mark in the minds of millions when he took to the stage of the hit TV series “Spain’s Got Talent.”
For most artists, just making it onto the highly watched series, not to mention winning the show’s coveted Golden Buzzer Award like Shiler did with his group ‘Enjoy,’ would be enough to shout success from the rooftops– but for him, this kind of attention has become the norm.
“I perform because I was born for it, this profession is my dream,” says Shiler Pierrimas. “I have been dancing since my childhood. I started to dance in front of an audience in the street with friends, my goal was always to do dance performances on stage and I am proud to have succeeded.”
For Shiler, wowing audiences as a performer on the “Got Talent” stage is nothing new. He first took to the stage of “France’s Got Talent” with his group Les Drôle de Mecs back in 2009, followed by that of “Turkey’s Got Talent,” where he performed as a dancer and performer over the course of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Now, after the success of his performance on “Spain’s Got Talent,” he has been invited, along with the rest of Enjoy, to participate in “Germany’s Got Talent” as well.
“The casting director of [Germany’s Got Talent] contacted us to participate and he really wants us on his program. It’s exciting because we are going to relive what we experienced in Spain… we did not expect this reaction from the public,” admits Shiler.
“To have the chance to do our show in front of a German audience and get the same reaction is going to be a challenge for us, but why not have the chance at another Golden Buzzer… Ultimately I do this job to bring happiness to the public, and if it works in Spain, I tell myself why not do it for our German neighbors as well.”
From the streets to the stage, over the years Shiler has created a well-known name for himself in the French entertainment industry. A natural funny man and born performer, he has spent the past 20 years impressing audiences with his ability to merge his performances with dance and acrobatics.
Prior to the international “Got Talent” stage, he was probably best recognized by fans across France for his work with the incredibly successful dance troupe, Les Drôle de Mecs a.k.a. The Funny Guys.
Founded in 2008, Les Drôle de Mecs started out on the streets of France after a group of friends decided to join forces to create a comedy breakdance group– those friends were Shiler Pierrimas, Benjamin Renaudin, Kevin Perez Alvarez and Luis Ribeiro
“The mixture of dance and acrobatics that we came up with was an original concept,” explains Shiler. “We were just a group of friends who wanted to travel around France in order to bring a communicative energy to our audience, and we wanted to reach everyone from children to adults to entire families.”
Over the following 6 years, Shiler, who also acted as the director and frontman, and his group Les Drôle de Mecs really did reach audiences far and wide. With fabulous comedic timing, a fun and upbeat presence, and extraordinary dance moves at their disposal, it wasn’t long before they were being invited off of the streets and onto some of the biggest stages in France.
Early on in their formation they were invited by well-known TV host Nagui to perform during the famous French Telethon (AFM-Telethon), which raises funding for muscular dystrophy. Organized by France Télévisions, which broadcasts the marathon on its channels each year, the AFM-Telethon is a huge event that takes over television screens for more than 20 hours each December putting some of the best performers in entertainment on display for a good cause.
The Telethon performance not only left a memorable imprint on audiences, but on Shiler as well. When asked about his favorite moment from performing as a part of Les Drôle de Mecs, he responded by saying, “It was when I participated in the telethon, helping the cause in this way was very important to me.”
To be invited even once to perform during the AFM-Telethon is a huge accomplishment– and Shiler and his group were invited four years in a row! Aside from the telethon TV performances and “France’s Got Talent,” the group also performed on the popular series, “Les Stars du rire” a.k.a. “Laughing Stars Have Fun.”
As a dancer and acrobat, Shiler electrifies the stage making it nearly impossible to peel our eyes away from him when he performs; and the chemistry he had with his fellow performers in Les Drôle de Mecs was palpable. With their often over the top comedic dance routines, an area where Shiler always nails his mark, it’s not surprising that he and the group were invited to open the 2013 and 2014 La Tour des Zeniths for comedian Kev Adams, which toured the most famous venues in France, Le Zenith.
Not only did Shiler wow audiences of more than 6,000 people with each show during that tour, but he also left a rather strong impression in the mind of well-known producer and Robin & Co. founder, Jean-Yves Robin.
“He is a complete artist. There were four members in this group, each had their role, but Shiler was both the dancer and the lead performer of the group. He was the group leader,” recalls Robin.
“He is a sacred artist. His energy was infectious…. [Shiler] was clearly the mainstay of the group. On the microphone, he was also excellent, he gave us his own one man show to benefit the tour teams during rehearsals, everyone came by, we were all laughing to death! He clearly contributed to the good atmosphere of that tour.”
Shiler’s rare blend of humour and dance proved invaluable once again was when he and Les Drôle de Mecs took part in famous comedian and performer Anne Roumanoff’s show “La Carte Blanche with Anne Roumanoff” during the Paris Fait Son Comedy Festival. The dance show, which was performed at La Olympia and aired on TV via TF1in Paris, was yet another occasion where Shiler wowed those around him.
While Shiler originally discovered his passion for dance in his youth, over the years he’s honed his skills in various disciplines, which has made him an incredibly unique artist in the field– yet what makes him stand out the most, is something that’s arguably unteachable, charisma.
Anne Roumanoff says, “As soon as I saw him I knew that Shiler had something special, I’ve seen his versatility in very few professional artists.”
While natural talent and versatility have undoubtedly been a factor in Shiler’s success, his magnetic presence has made him an unforgettable star on stages across the world. As a dancer and acrobat, Shiler Pierrimas really does bring a wild deck of cards to the table, and with each new trick that he whips out being more impressive than the last, we confidently place our bet on him.